Below is a link from Webmd that came out at the beginning of February. There was an investigation into the quality of supplements on the shelf of such major retailers as WalMart and GNC. The results were stunning. They showed that many of the products on their shelves did not contain anything that was listed on the bottle but were often fillers and other allergens. This investigation was conducted in the state of New York and so therefore only those stores in New York are being required to pull the products and lines that tested so poorly. The sad part about this is that most often it is the same factories that produce the product that is shipped all over the country, so I highly doubt that the ones in our local stores are any different than the ones there in New York. We also aren’t given a time frame nor do I think they could figure out a time frame for how long this has been going on for. We could give them the benefit of the doubt and say that it was simple their last batch that went bad or we can make the assumption that it has been going on for quite some time. My opinion lies with the latter.
This scenario creates two major problems that I would like to address as a health care provider that uses supplements in my practice regularly to assist and help my clients.
First this cheapens the industry. Many people already question wither or not supplements work and now a situation has been going on for who know how long where people have been buying supplements expecting a result and they haven’t gotten it. I imagine though that they have still continued to sell as people want to get better and they continue hearing how this could be a good option for them. For years I have told clients that vitamins should make you feel different and the right ones will make you feel better. Now we have one possible solution for why certain brands don’t seem to make a difference for bad or good: they don’t contain the vitamins they say they contain!!
Second is the danger to one’s health. One of the most common reasons I have found for any type of health issue is food allergens or food sensitivities. Consistently consuming something that is causing your body to react will eventually create a problem. The most common allergens are wheat, milk, eggs, soy, and corn. As listed in this article these are some of the very extras that are being put in these supplements and not being labeled. This is a danger to the health of those consuming them. This is why we have laws to regulate the labeling of products. I will not be surprised to hear of law suits against the manufactures of these products.
Supplements do work and I have seen them change people’s health and help them gain control of their lives, but they need to come from a company you can trust to contain what say they contain and not contain what they say they don’t contain. This does make for a more expensive supplement because of the added expenses of getting pure products, not adding fillers, and proving what they are claiming is true.
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